January 28, 2018: “Afraid to Tell”

Posted on : Jan 25th, 2018 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we will be introduced to the first prophet of the Hebrew Scriptures, Samuel.  Curiously, God’s first job for the boy Samuel is not an easy assignment for a person of any age to fulfill.   Samuel must deliver bad news to his mentor.  The news is so devastating that Samuel is fearful of sharing it.

It is not hard to understand why a certain type of news is difficult to tell.  It was not easy for the women who were sexually abused by their gymnastics doctor from Michigan State University to speak openly about it, and reveal how he personally abused them, in court this past week.  It’s traumatic for members of the LGBTQ community to talk about the multitudinous ways in which they have been discriminated against.  It’s terrifying for people of color to voice the racism many face every day.

This weekend’s text will take a look at how persons overcome their fears and reveal painful information that must be heard.  Awareness of painful information often provides us with the ability to more properly address and overcome it in the future.  Please join us as we meditate on the theme, “Afraid to Tell.”

Blessings,

Howard

Rev. Howard Fauntroy

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

1 Samuel 3:1-20

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to God under Eli. The word of God was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Holy One, where the ark of God was.

Then God called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and Samuel said, “Here I am!” and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So Samuel went and lay down. God called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”

Now Samuel did not yet know God, and the word of God had not yet been revealed to him. God called Samuel again, a third time. And Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that God was calling the boy.

Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if God calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, God, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Now God came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” Then God said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle. On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end. For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them. Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”

Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of God. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli. But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” Samuel said, “Here I am.” Eli said, “What was it that God told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that God told you.” So Samuel told Eli everything and hid nothing from him. Then Samuel said, “It is God; let God do what seems good.”

As Samuel grew up, God was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of God.

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